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November 12, 2004

Feelings – and Other Democratic Tools

Jason Grabill

Once again, the 'tolerant left' has proved just how tolerant they really are. The standard party organs are filled with navel gazing articles about a.) "How we lost the election;" and b.) How stupid the people are who voted for President Bush.

It's plain and simple that 'the left' just doesn't get it. This election, according to polling has been all about moral values. The left, including the so-called mainstream media, has been trying to figure out what 'moral values' mean. Whilst so doing, it would seem they've answered the question. As Justice Potter Stewart once said (about obscenity): "I can't define it, but I know it when I see it."

Moral values don't just encompass going to church. They are a set of simple beliefs that say, basically, you don't lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do. Those who murder American citizens should expect no mercy. Those who do not stand with us are, obviously, against us. Those who choose to serve our country are treated with respect and dignity, and given the support needed to finish "the mission."

Marriage, while not always a perfect concept, is between a male and a female. The federal 'gummint' is not the all knowing, all seeing, benevolent uncle, but rather a way to part you from your hard earned money. There are probably a few others I've missed, but you get the jist of the idea.

The 'opposition' party, on the other hand, looks at moral values as something to talk about at the latest party, or screening of the new Michael Moore screed. Their moral values deal more with 'feelings' than reality. "How will the people of East Bolginistan feeeeel about us bombing three camels and an old tent?" "How will the French feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel about us kicking the stuffing out of various and sundry terrorists?" Etc, Etc.

This list is endless, and mind numbing. With the angry left, it's all about 'feeeelings." Not reality, mind you, but what other people think. Note also that is why they are called 'the angry left.' Since they feeeeeel so deeply about us evil, fascist, Republicans, they are always angry that we are not doing what they want us to do. (You know, socialized medicine, surrender to terrorists, let the French run the country).

In reading the latest items from the left side of the aisle, I note a few very interesting points about the election. According to the left, all of us red staters (and red countians) are backwoods, illiterate, gun totin sots, who don't know whut's good fer us; are terrified of "progressive thought" (whatever the hell that is), and barely have 'lectricity in the house, much less indoor plumbing facilities. Why, we don't even read the New York Times!!!

Now, this is an actual quote, from an actual New Yorker, not a politician or some such, but 'the man on the street.’ "New Yorkers are more sophisticated and at a level of consciousness where we realize we have to think of globalization, of one mankind, that what's going to injure masses of people is not good for us," he said. "This kind of redneck, shoot-from-the-hip mentality and a very concrete interpretation of religion is prevalent in Bush country – in the heartland,” said Zito Joseph, a 63-year-old retired psychiatrist.

The article continues to twaddle on for multiple more paragraphs, but you get the general idea here.

In what I'm titiling "And then, depression sat in" reports, Dems all over the place are talking of moving to Canada. Authorities there, according to Reuters, aren't giving them any free rides; they'll have to wait for about a year to become citizens. I guess Canada has enough liberals for this year’s quota.

My wife, god love her, says simply: "What the hell does the left have to be so angry about, anyway????"

I think she's got a point. It's like when I hear of the 'angry teenager.' Are these the same teens that have cell phones, computers, TV's, DVD players, Gamecube, Ice Cube, and 20 different kinds of soda to choose from? Exactly!

They are 'angry'. About what, I cannot fathom. Heck, they were 'angry' before the election, and Sen. John Kerry hadn't even lost yet. They've been 'angry' for decades. Maybe it's because their candidates keep losing. I dunno.

In all fairness, I would be angry this week too, if “W” had lost. But, life wouldn't be over. I wouldn't let this whole election rule my every waking moment, the way it seems some of these folk do.

Lastly, once again proving the 'mainstream' media is about as 'mainstream' as we all really believe they are, this week's Newsweek has a quote from Mr. Kerry: "I can't believe I'm losing to this idiot."

Now, does anyone currently breathing believe for one millisecond that if George W had uttered that line, it would be coming out NOW – after the election??? Ole Dan Rather would have been trumpeting this from the rooftops.

But, I suppose the 'mainstream' media kept this information from us for our own good.

Oh, you didn't hear? They, like the angry left, know what's best for us poor ole red countians. Wouldn't want to get us too excited, lestaways we go shootin off our shotguns or some such.



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